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DSK group cheating case: Bank of Maharashtra CMD among 6 held

Kulkarni's CA Sunil Ghatpande and vice president Rajiv Newaskar of the engineering department of D S Kulkarni Developers Ltd (DSKDL) were also apprehended, he said.

Updated: 20-06-2018 23:18 IST

The Economic Offences Wing of the Pune Police today arrested six people, including the serving and a former CMD of the Bank of Maharashtra, in a cheating case lodged against city-based real estate developer D S Kulkarni and his wife, an official said today.

The bank's present Chairman and Managing Director Ravindra Marathe, Executive Director Rajendra Gupta, Zonal Manager Nityanand Deshpande, bank's former CMD Sushil Muhnot were arrested, the official added.

Kulkarni's CA Sunil Ghatpande and vice president Rajiv Newaskar of the engineering department of D S Kulkarni Developers Ltd (DSKDL) were also apprehended, he said.

While Deshpande was arrested from Ahmedabad, Muhnot was picked up from Jaipur. All the others were arrested from Pune, the police said.

They were booked under various sections of the IPC and the Prevention of Corruption Act.

"As part of our probe into the cheating case against Kulkarni, it came to light that these bank officials colluded with the DSKDL by misusing their powers and authority with dishonest and fraudulent intention to sanction and disburse the amount under the garb of a loan," said Sudhir Hiremath, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Cyber and Economic Offences).

All the accused were being produced in the court today, he said.

In May, the city police had filed a 37,000-page charge sheet against Kulkarni and his wife in the case.

As per the charge sheet, the total scam was worth Rs 2,043.18 crore. The accused had floated nine different firms to siphon off the funds collected from 33,000 investors and fixed-deposit holders who were promised good returns on their FDs.

Of the total scam amount, the deposit and loan fraud was to the tune of Rs 1,083.7 crore, banking and non-financial institutions-related fraud of Rs 711.36 crore, debentures fraud of Rs 111.35 crore and fraud related to Phursungi land purchase was of Rs 136.77 crore, the EOW officials had said.

The police were probing the role of these bank officials for allegedly sanctioning loans to the builder without following due diligence.

According to the complaint filed with the EOW by one of the depositors, investors put in lakhs of rupees in a fixed-deposit scheme of the DSK Developers, but they neither received the interest nor the principal amount.

The EoW had booked the Kulkarnis under various sections of the Maharashtra Protection of Interest of Depositors (MPID) Act along with IPC sections 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 406 (criminal breach of trust) and 34 (common intention).

The developer and his wife were arrested from Delhi on February 17 this year by Pune police. With today's arrest, the total number of arrests in the case has gone up to 12.

Kulkarni's son Shirish's pre-arrest bail application was rejected by the Supreme Court on June 19 and he was likely to be arrested in the case, the police said.

Meanwhile in a statement, the Bank of Maharashtra said it's exposure to DS Kulkarni Developers is around Rs 94.52 crore which was fully secured.

"Our total outstanding exposure to DS Kulkarni Developers is to the tune of Rs 94.52 crore which is fully secured with primary and collateral securities," it said.

Recovery process had already been initiated by the bank and some of the properties were due for auction, it said.

The bank also declared DS Kulkarni Developers and its promoters wilful defaulters and claimed that the loans sanctioned to the firm were as per the bank's lending norms.

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